Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 4 – 26th February 2019


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167   T: 03 9570 1016   F: 03 9579 0363

E: oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au   W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au


Issue 4  –  26th February 2019



Monday, 25th February
– School Council Nominations Close

Friday, 1st March
– Curriculum Day
   Students not required at school

Monday, 4th March
– Yr 2 Healthy Skills for Life

Tuesday, 5th March
– School Tour      11.30am


Last Friday night Parent Group hosted the movie night on the oval. It was wonderful to see many families enjoying picnic dinners together while watching Ralph Breaks the Internet. Thank you to all the families who supported this event and a big thank you the Parent Group for organising it.

Many of you might have noticed the article in the Sunday Herald Sun about our school carpark. I will bring you more information on this as it comes to hand.

We will be holding School Council elections as the nominations exceeded the vacancies available. There will be more information available to you in the coming days.

Finally a reminder that there will be a pupil free day this Friday. The staff will be involved in furthering their skills in VCOP which forms an integral part of our writing focus.

Enjoy your week.

Ron Cantlon


2019 Term Dates 


2019 – Term 1

Tuesday 29th January (Staff start)
Wednesday 30th January (Yr 1 – 6 start)
Thursday 31st January (Preps start 9.30 – 12.30)
End of Term –  5th April
Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 28th June



Term 3:

Monday 15th July – Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October – Thursday 19th December (2.30pm school students finish)
Friday 20th December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish



2019 Payments Due


School Fees – Under School Payments 

Library Fund – Under Specialist Charges

Year 5, IMAX and Melbourne Museum Excursion – Under Year 5 Tab – Due by Wednesday, 13th March

Year 6, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Script
– Under Year 6 Tab – Due by Wednesday, 6th March

Sports Levy, Year 5 (Selected Students Only) – Overdue

Sports Levy, Year 6 – Overdue

Healthy Skills for Life, for Year 2 – Overdue

OSPS Swimming Squad – Overdue



School Council Elections


We will be holding School Council Elections, as we have received more nominations than we have positions available.

Thank you to parents who have put forward nominations.

Voting forms will come home this week. 


Curriculum Day


Please note that Friday, 1st March is a Curriculum Day, and no students are required at school.

Camp Australia will offer an all day program. Please register your child if you need this service


Car Parking


Parents are NOT to use the Staff Car Park, or the disabled parks, regardless of the time of day. It is NOT to be used as a quick drop off or collection point.

This includes after Choir on a Wednesday

Please make sure you do your civic duty to follow the road laws and rules. This includes parking correctly in the signed areas, and completing 3 point turns in the middle in the intersection! 

We also urge parents to please remember to be patient and polite when using the Oval Carpark, and be good role models for all the children witnessing their behaviour. With over 800 families, drop off and collection times will be busy and you will need to plan your time accordingly. 

Please click here for further parking information oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au/about-us/#parking


Julie Kearney

Village chief, oldest village resident AND 30 years at OSPS means that Julie has had too many roles to mention, but one of the most rewarding was raising the guide dog puppy Amsden in 2016/2017. Amsden came to school every day and was a much loved member of the village menagerie. Whilst she did not make the final cut (only 50% do) Amsden has gone on to become part of the Victoria Police Dog Squad.

Julie’s favourite ever village animals – aside from long term resident Curlee were the two little pigs – Ginger and Puddles.

Jenny Smith

A TIGER tragic who likes to cook up a storm – Jen, assisted by Mrs James, takes our Year 3 classes for cooking sessions each Tuesday. In her spare time Jen works as a volunteer for Challenge – supporting kids with cancer.

In 2017 she was recognised for her service with a Diamond of the Year award. Jen is also the Monash region’s convenor of the Somers School Camps.

Like Jan and Julie Curlee also held a special place in Jenny’s heart. Jen’s mum Bev even made her an edible birthday cake each year and the village went into party mode.

Jan Presnell

A world travelled photographer and amazing mathematician – if you are in Jan’s class there will always be a maths problem to solve. When she is not at school Jan enjoys attending MTC plays and daily walks with dog Chippy. Whilst not a football fanatic, she is looking forward to St Kilda winning another premiership in her lifetime!

As our newly appointed – CODING CHIEF – Jan will introduce each Year 3 student to coding by the end of term one.

Jan’s favourite village animal, without a doubt, is Curlee the sheep. Did you know that sheep can recognise up to fifty faces?

Murray Wilde

A local Oakleigh father of five Murray looks forward to his lunch of banana sandwiches in between Chinese cooking feasts. Apart from the daily village workings Murray has a keen interest in the village and its animals. He was ‘famous’ in the district for adopting Curlee the sheep and for bringing her to and from school each day in the back of his old Morris Minor. Curlee lived with the Wilde family and together they made a full page article in the Herald Sun.

Murray is also responsible for the care and welfare of the reptiles and amphibians outside the library. He spends almost as much time at school as he does at home! Murray is also responsible for designing, planning and overseeing many village initiatives including our fantastic animal enclosures.

Diane Dwyer

Our resident mosaic queen, author and organiser extraordinaire. Diane takes extra outdoor cooking sessions with our weekly ‘farmers’ as produce from the garden becomes available. Diane swims three times a week and she has a keen interest in archery.

She has started mosaicking (is that even a word?) the wall just inside the ‘old’ village gate. Diane loves being creative and is looking forward to the Mother’s Day stall at this year’s fete.

Di has been with us a few years now and her favourite animals are the baby chicks – she has already started singing to the 2019 brood!

Ken Benson

A former police officer, Ken came to the OSPS last year after teaching for ten years in NSW – where he also runs a beef farm. Ken is the baby of the team and has fast become the village mischief maker.

We have crowned him the Village ICT king and as such, he is the go to person for all things ICT. Continuing to oversee his farm from afar Ken’s practical farming skills are a real asset to the workings of the village.

Ken keeps super fit and in his spare time is an ultra marathon runner.

We haven’t actually asked him but Ken’s preferred village animal would probably be a calf!

John Rice

New to the team this year, John is originally from Scotland, but you’d never know, he sounds so Australian! He has taught in a range of schools from Prep right up to Year 12, both as a classroom teacher and Art Specialist teacher, dabbling from time to time in painting, pottery and weaving.

John is also skilled in theatre design, stage management, set construction and scenic painting. In another life, John was a Flight attendant with Ansett and Virgin, so he is highly skilled at pouring tea and coffee without spilling any, even during bumpy weather!

He is looking forward to a fun and interesting year in The Year 3 Village.

Welcome John!

Kim Kerr

Kim came to the village in 2015 and proved to be a great fit for the village team. Whether it’s clipping the hen’s wings or handling the larger animals Kim can do it all.

As a successful published author Kim has cut his hours to part time this year but continues to be very much a part of ‘team village.’ Based in his old village classroom Kim‘s new role is as a literacy and numeracy groups teacher for Year 3-6. Kim is also on deck to meet and work with the Year 3 farmers from 8.30 am four mornings a week.

Kim will also continue to be chief planting advisor to the village and is looking forward to working with the team and to taking charge of the Animal Farm again at this year’s fete.


Village News


Our new Year 3 students have arrived and are quickly adapting to the busy life of being a part of the Village.

Our new farmers have been busy in the vegetable garden weeding and picking produce, as well as learning how to take care of our animals.

Daily fitness has seen the children running around the oval and building up their fitness in preparation for House Cross Country.

Cooking classes began last Tuesday and 3JS made some delicious pizzas using produce from the garden. Each class will get a chance cook during the term.

Finally we look forward to the arrival of our incubators and eggs ready to hatch into our next lot of Village chickens.




Movie Night


Thank you to the OSPS community for helping make the movie night another huge success.

It was wonderful seeing all the kids and parents rugged up and enjoying Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Many thanks to all our Parent Group helpers who make this all happen. If you would like to be involved, please email osparentgroup67@gmail.com

Our AGM will be held at the end of Term 1, and a Flexibuzz will go out to inform you of the details so you can come along.

Thank you

Parent Group


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Join us in time to get your children ready for Purim and Pesach this year.  

We will be celebrating these holidays with fun,educational and creative activities.

It’s not too late to register at https://www.ujeb.org.au/enrol/primary_school_program_enrolment_form/

For more information contact Riva on 9523 6844 or re@ujeb.org.au